In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 14, 2011 / 9 Shevat, 5771

Making E-mail Work, for Work and Home

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'm not happy right now. You might not be, either.

And while I'll grant, dear reader, that my personal happiness is probably not your concern, the subject of my ire, and perhaps yours, may be mutual: e-mail. More concretely, e-mail applications that run on our computers, mobile devices and what-have-you: I've come to the conclusion that many of them, well, stink (another adjective comes to mind, but this is a family newspaper).

The reason for my complaint is having spent the past day or so trying to get stuff sorted out in Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Macintosh. When introduced last fall, I hailed its arrival as an advancement for Mac-kind, if not humankind as a whole. And, in general, I like the concept; the execution is driving me nuts. (More on that in a moment.)

Not that Apple's Mail.app, the standard, "free," e-mail application bundled with the Mac OS X operating system, is all that much better. Something went south with that program a while back and I had to rather laboriously reinstall Mail.app in order to accomplish what I needed to do. This sort of thing can happen in computing, so I can understand that. What I don't like is that, now, Mail.app doesn't want to connect to one of my outside e-mail accounts, no matter how hard I try.

And forget about Thunderbird, the Mozilla.org-backed e-mail client for Mac, Windows, Linux and perhaps CP/M (the 8-bit operating system from the Pleistocene era). That "puppy" won't fetch mail from a Microsoft Exchange server come you-know-what or high water; both I, a Mac user, and a Windows-wielding colleague have had the same problem. (Suggested solutions are welcome, however.)

So, to borrow from the late Gerry Rafferty, I'm "stuck in the middle with you," Outlook 2011.

The dilemma: apart from either my Exchange-based account (naturally) and accounts that use the Internet Message Access Protocol (or, IMAP), everything else was being dumped into one "Inbox" in the "On My Computer" folder. Those of us who lead compartmentalized lives may prefer to have stuff from accounts "A," "B" and "G" (for Google's Gmail) in SEPARATE account folders, automatically.

That was not to be; there's no way that I've seen to set Outlook 2011 up to handle that, and my frustration mounted day by day. Until I remembered that one CAN set up sub-folders, and create a "rule" to channel new messages appropriately. Click to "run" the rule (i.e., apply it) to the older inbox and everything is sorted.

Problem solved, sort of. It took a long time for the computer to sort everything and while that's a once-off thing, I'm surprised that setting up accounts in this way is not do-able.

Oh, and one more thing: inserting a graphic into an e-mail signature isn't all that easy with Outlook 2011, or so it seems. I kept trying to "paste" it in, and it wouldn't display. Until I had to send an e-mail this morning and it showed up, but only after I told the computer to "download" a given image.

My point - and I believe I do have one - is that things need to be simpler, in terms of e-mail, for all of us. Busy users don't have the time, or the patience to get involved in some of the things we have to do to make e-mail software work the way we'd like. And while the Web offers many nice solutions; i.e., the Web-based versions of e-mail accounts, there are times when having e-mail on a "local" computer is important, if not vital.

Thus, it's incumbent upon software developers - somewhere! - to find something better and bring it to the masses. Or at least to me. Before I tear my hair out.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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